This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: November 28

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Aaron Goodrich, Minnesota Territory's first supreme court justice, is accused of adultery. An effort to impeach him fails, but President Millard Fillmore exercises his executive power to remove Goodrich from office in 1851.


Trader and town founder Alexander Faribault dies. In 1835 Faribault set up a post in what would become his namesake town, and in 1853 he built its first frame house.


The freighter Mataafa wrecks near the lighthouse in Duluth harbor during a storm that sank eighteen ships on the Great Lakes in a twenty-four-hour period. The crew suffers terribly from the cold winds of the storm, and nine freeze to death. The Mataafa is rebuilt and continues to sail until 1966.


Lake of the Woods County is established.